Feb 2020

 12th Closing the Gap Report 
tabled in Parliament.

The report reveals early childhood education and Year 12 attainment targets are progressing, but there is still room for improvement in reading and numeracy, employment and health.

This year’s Closing the Gap report brings in to focus the importance of partnerships between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In March 2019, the Council of Australian Governments and the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations signed a Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap. The Partnership Agreement is guiding the development of the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap, which will set out priorities over the next ten years.

To read the full Closing the Gap Report, visit 

Social Impact Investing Taskforce Expert Panel Interim Report

The interim report from the Social Impact Investing Taskforce Expert Panel is  now publicly available and can be accessed via the PM&C website.

The Taskforce was announced as part of the 2019-20 Budget, and is responsible for developing a strategy for the Commonwealth’s role in the social impact investing market. Social impact investments are made with the intention of generating measurable social outcomes, while delivering a financial return to the investor.  The interim report brings together the Taskforce’s findings to date, and follows extensive consultation and research. It reflects our emerging vision on how business, government and community sectors can work together through social impact investing to reduce entrenched disadvantage. It recommends practical first steps towards what will be an ambitious final strategy – one that will support Australians experiencing disadvantage to more fully participate in the economic and social life of the nation.

Delivery of the final recommendations to Government is expected by mid-2020.

OCT 2019
IEP conducts aboriginal community consultation for
Hume City Council Stolen Generations Marker project

Hume City Council’s Marker will pay tribute to the Stolen Generations – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities and denied their identity, family, traditional culture and country through race-based policies implemented by State and Federal Governments between 1910 and the 1970s. The Stolen Generations includes all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children placed in care who were denied their cultural heritage.

The Marker will acknowledge the harm caused to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities across the nation and will serve as a reminder about the terrible injustice caused by successive governments and the impacts it is still causing today.

For more information about the project and the community engagement, please see the attached leaflet and the project webpage.

Currency Communications joins IEP

Indigenous Employment Partners (IEP) is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with family-run and owned business, Currency Communications.  A reputable printing and design company which has operated in Australia for more than 30 years.

Currency Communications joins IEP to build an innovative multimedia and print company owned and run by Indigenous Australians.

IEP will auspice Currency Communications to enable Aboriginal job seekers to access a wide range of multimedia and design skills, training and employment opportunities.

The move to join Currency Communications with IEP comes as a great gesture of kindness and generosity from Currency Communications owner Tess Baster and her family”, says Dennis Batty, IEP Chief Executive Officer.

IEP is thrilled to be working with Currency Communications to open up new work opportunities for Aboriginal job seekers in areas of graphic and web design, photography, illustration and animation, video eDM, call centre training, sales, administration, customer service, OH&S, prepress processes, digital printing and finishing, signage printing, and warehouse procedures etc.

We are very pleased to be in a position to make Currency Communications part of IEP” says Ms Baster.

This initiative is part of our commitment to community development goals and we hope it will create new directions for First Australian’s employment, business training and opportunities within and leveraging from an established and professional business framework”.

Commencing operations from 1 October 2019, the partnership between IEP and Currency Communications ticks many boxes.  We will be Supply Nation accredited and provide all our customers with cost-effective high-quality print, mail and communication services and we will bring a unique proposition to the printing market.

By purchasing our services, customers can directly contribute to closing Aboriginal employment gaps and help improve a wide range of social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal people.

We look forward to sharing more news about this exciting IEP business partnership.

SEPT 2019
Former prisoners to get ‘second chance’ with jobs on major Victorian infrastructure projects.

Over the next 12 months, 50 young men who have been in jail will work on major projects, including the Melbourne Metro project.

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Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Indigenous Employment Partners Present

Artwork by Wayne “Llwlngu” McGinness

( Baa-goon-nnyya) Taungurung: to gather together or collect

Bagungga is a private collection of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and artefacts collected over 30 years and being exhibited publicly for the first time ever in Kyneton before travelling to galleries and museums throughout Australia during 2020 – 2022

The Exhibition is being held  in Kyneton and runs until 28th March 2020 and will include workshops and talks by artists an interactive learning tool for schools and special workshops.

You can book workshop tickets by calling 1300 888 802

Find out more here


JuLy 2019

Voices for Change, Indigenous Employment Partners Annual NAIDOC Lunch 2019

Each year IEP hosts a lunch to recognise the important role of women in strengthening our communities.  This year’s lunch was titled ‘Voices for Change’ based on the national NAIDOC week theme ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’.

To discuss and reflect on this theme, we facilitated a panel discussion and heard from 4 Aboriginal businesswomen about their vision for future after Treaty, with a focus on self-determination, and the impact Treaty may have on relationships with the business community.

At the lunch we also held our annual Strong Sistas acknowledgments where we recognised the work of Aboriginal women helping to keep our communities safe and strong.

Pictured above:   Sherree Chaudry, Strong Sista 2019

IEP extends a very special congratulations to each of our 2019 Strong Sistas Award recipients:

Jody Barney
Founder and CEO, Deaf Community Indigenous Consultancy, since 2007. Jody has worked to improve the quality and cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deaf people and community members with other/additional disabilities. Jody is also a board member of Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-Rong.

Sherree Chaudry 
HR Manager Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation. Sheree is passionate about Aboriginal employment. Chairperson Woor-Dungin Aboriginal Corporation, Founding Board Member and Chair Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-Rong, Victoria’s first wholly Aboriginal controlled philanthropic fund.

Jo Voce
Jo is a Proud Taungurong/Wiradjuri Woman who works as the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer at Eastern Health. For the past six years Jo has been working with health professionals and community members to ensure contact and consultation is appropriately supported. Jo is passionate about ensuring Equality and Respect for all people.

Budj Bim added to UNESCO World Heritage list


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June 2019
BushWok Masterchef

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IEP new board appointment,  Diana David 

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MAY 2019

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MAR 2019

Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong goes live!

Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong is Victoria’s first Aboriginal community controlled Philanthropic Fund.

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Working Mums: Bundap Marram Durn-durn

Indigenous Employment Partners is running a new campaign.

The campaign is called Working Mums: Bundap Marram Durn-durn and we’re looking for support.

We’re looking to raise $100,000.00.

To see all the details, please click here  

If you would like to organise a corporate giving campaign click on the fundraise button then click ‘fundraise as a company’ and fill out your details.

If you would like to get a group of people together to fundraise click on the fundraise button then click on ‘fundraise as a team’ and compete the details.

Please pass this on to anyone else you know who might be interested.

Uncle Jack did his time, but his record remains a ball and chain

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Continuous Improvement at Indigenous Employment Partners

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JAN 2019

Reconciliation Victoria supports a continuing national conversation about shifting our national day from January 26 – to reflect on who we are as a nation, what we stand for, and what date in our history best reflects those values and attributes.

Reconciliation Victoria encourages local councils, organisations and individuals commemorating the day to recognise the honoured place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our nation’s history, to be sensitive to the feelings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may see the day as one of mourning, and to see the day as an opportunity to promote understanding, respect and reconciliation.

Reconciliation Victoria has provided some simple ways to mark 26th January respectfully, and acknowledge members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Check out Reconciliation Victoria’s website for suggestions on how you can mark 26 Jan respectfully.

Indigenous Employment Partners recommends to all our clients and partner organisations to consult with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities about how to appropriately mark the day.

JAN 2019
IEP welcomes new board member,  Jade Miller (Yorta Yorta)


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NOV 2018
IEP mentoring course growing strong in NT

Darwin Mentoring

Congratulations to everyone who recently completed IEP’s Indigenous Mentoring Course in Darwin.

Twelve people traveled from all parts of the country to take part in the 5 day course delivered at the Australian National University’s (ANU) North Australia Research Unit (NARU).

Here’s some of the kind words people shared on completing the course:


I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it

The facilitator made me feel safe and the content of the workshop helped me understand how to be a mentor

Really, it was the most amount of information, knowledge and skills I have ever gained from a course

An inspiration!

IEP chats with CAAMA radio

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Oct 2018
Indigenous Employment Partners congratulates Not-for-profit Law on its 10th birthday


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Oct 2018
IEP attends Mullum Mullum Fund Raising Dinner


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Sept 2018
Helen Macpherson Smith Trust supports IEP


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July 2018
NAIDOC 2018,  Strong Sistas keeping culture safe

Seven remarkable Aboriginal women were recognised at IEP’s inaugural NAIDOC week event on Friday 6 July 2018:

Aunty Di Kerr,  Traditional Custodian, Wurundjeri

Antoinette Braybrook,  CEO Djirra, Kuku Yalanji

Cheryl Vickery-Nicholls,  Community elder, Yorta Yorta

Shona Stewart,  City of Whittlesea, Wiradjuri/Latdje Latdje

Katrina Harrison,  Skillinvest, Palawa

Leanne Sumner,  Cultural Advisor and Educator, Gunditjmara

Karen Lovett,  Artist and Arts Teacher, Gunditjmara

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